ozarkpoppy

Entrou: 27 de abr. de 2021 Última vez ativo: 08 de dez. de 2021 iNaturalist

My name is Caleb Wardlaw. I currently reside in the southern Missouri Ozarks where my family and I live on a small homestead raising chickens, beef, bees and garden. My main focus on iNat is to document and become more familiar with the flora and fauna that surround me. Though our family’s property is relatively small, it is well represented and I am fortunate to have a diversity of habitat to explore-including fields, a permanent creek, several springs, wet weather creeks, a few small ponds, bluffs, a small cave, a small limestone glade, and forests in several stages of succession from pasture to mature forest.

As far as a science related background; from Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska I have a degree in and “technically” studied aquatic resources with an emphasis in marine biology, but in reality studied sea kayaking, backpacking, and rock and roll (insert smiley face). I have had many occupations over the years, but in the science/nature field I have worked for a private conservation group in Alaska, a state park in Missouri (doing glade restoration-just the grunt work of cedar cutting and burning but also some seasonal interpretation), a residential science center in Arkansas (doing interpretation), and a private ecological restoration company in Arkansas (again, just doing grunt work).

My identification qualifications are slim. Though, I like to think, my observation skills are decent, my attention span and memory are, unfortunately, very short. If I am currently active in something my knowledge is (at best) mediocre, if it has been a minute since I took a fancy to something my reliable knowledge is not very. Therefore, I shy away from making too many identifications for other people and any ID’s I do make are questionable.

Aside from being curious about any nature I am in immediate contact with, I am, at the moment, specifically and most interested in the local fish of the Big Sugar Creek watershed, fossils of the local Osagean series of the Paleozoic, Mississippian period and the insects I discover walking a trail on our farm that traverses an old field in the later stage of early succession (about 20 years deep on its way to forest).

I am extremely appreciative of the iNat community and the generosity so many have when it comes to sharing knowledge. Though I am here as a student and my knowledge is limited, I am happy to do anything I can to help. So, if you think there is anything I can help with, please feel free to ask. Thanks.

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